Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) is the leading nonprofit family health organization whose mission is to eliminate unnecessary suffering and death due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through education, advocacy and outreach.

Nancy Sander founded the organization in 1985 to help families affected by asthma and allergies. She spent years struggling to manage her daughter’s severe symptoms and wanted to help others going through the same thing. Today, AANMA’s core areas of expertise are education, advocacy and community outreach. From diagnosis to control, from diapers to college — AANMA is your one-stop, family-to-family support network.

Education: AANMA’s website,,  Allergy & Asthma Today magazine and monthly e-newsletter are consumer lifelines to medical news and healthy living. AANMA provides families with practical resources they can use at home and in the medical care setting to end suffering and death and reduce costs associated with recurrent symptoms.

Advocacy: It’s not only possible to promote financially responsible asthma treatment plans and eliminate asthma deaths – it’s long overdue. AANMA has a history of success implementing practical, family-friendly change. Our annual Asthma Awareness Day Capitol Hill highlights critical issues that need national attention. Most recently, we led the campaign to ensure students’ rights to carry and self-administer their lifesaving asthma and anaphylaxis medications at school. Other issues include educating patients and medical professionals about the change from CFC to HFA inhalers and reducing government waste and protecting patients by halting CMS reimbursement for illegally manufactured nebulizer medications.

Outreach: AANMA volunteers across the country work in their local neighborhoods to serve community needs. Our Hispanic Outreach Program includes culturally competent Spanish-language materials and a volunteer network that works directly with underserved families. Our work is always patient-centered, never endorses products or services and is often available for free.

AANMA is your resource for patient-friendly allergy and asthma information. We’re helping America breathe easier . . . one family at a time.


Nancy Sander